Gold at the British Championships!

On sunday the 5th May, I went up to Bracken Rocks in Derbyshire for the second round of the British Trials Championships. After finishing second in the first round in Surrey I was hoping ofr a better result but with 3 times world champion Jack Carthy riding and it being just a few miles from where he lives and trains I figured it would be a tough day. After a clean on my first section I felt quite positive about the day. The sections proved to be quite long and technical with some pretty big moves too. After my first lap I had just 5 penalty points. Starting my second lap I had a very unfortunate 5 on a section that I had easily cleaned on the first lap but managed to put that behind me and go on to get just two more points through the rest of the competition. The sections were on the whole a good test, but it would have been nice to see a little more varied moves, but I still had a great day and think most people had a great day. I have always been a fan of fair competitions and its good to have a variety of moves and challenges so that the course does not favour any particular rider. Team riders James Davies and Matt Pengelly also came up to the competition accompanied by Andrew McCabe. James had a great ride for his first time on a 24″ bike and placed 2nd in the Expert class. Unfortunately Matt had a problem with his bike and didn’t compete the competition and Andrew won a prize for having the best crash and carrying on! Hope the bruises feel better soon. I would like to say a big well done to all the riders that competed and a huge thanks to the organisers for giving up their time to set up the competition. Now I am looking forward to the next competition in Poland at the end of the month.

Gold medal Podiumvan shot